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Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Together Total $690 Million

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A customer hands over money for a Powerball ticket in Omaha, Nebraska back in August. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

By    |   Thursday, 28 December 2017 12:07 PM

Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots together now total $690 million, giving lottery players two shots at winning more than $300 million this weekend. Wouldn't that be a good way to ring in a new year?

Of course, one would have to ignore the fact that the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot of $306 million is one in 258.9 million, and the Powerball odds for $384 million are one in 292 million, CNN reported.

Want to win them both? Well, there is a chance, but it's one in 88 quadrillion, or one in 88,412,922,115,183,000, CNN said.

On Wednesday, no one matched the Powerball game numbers 3-9-16-56-60 with the Powerball number 3, moving its jackpot up to the staggering $384 million figure.

On Tuesday, lottery players were equally unsuccessful at matching the Mega Million numbers of 10-12-20-38-41 with the Mega Ball number of 25.

"The (Mega Millions) jackpot has been rolling since it was last won at $42 million on Oct 13; that prize was shared by winners in Michigan and Rhode Island," the Mega Millions website said. "Earlier 2017 jackpots were won in New York ($105 million on Sept. 22), Illinois ($393 million on Aug. 11), Arkansas ($177 million on March 31) and California ($191 million on Jan. 27 and $61 million on April 28)."

In an effort to go longer between jackpot winners, Mega Millions changed the numbers that players could pick in October, CNN said. The idea of having bigger jackpots for Mega Millions appears to have worked with its $306 million jackpot already growing into the 13th largest in Mega Millions history. Mega Millions will draw numbers again Friday.

Powerball, which has not had a winner since Oct. 25, will have its drawing on Saturday night, with the totals likely driving lottery spending even higher.

CNN said Americans spent more than $80 billion on lottery tickets in 2016, more than they spent on movies, video games, music, sports tickets, and books combined.

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Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots together now total $690 million, giving lottery players two shots at winning more than $300 million this weekend. Wouldn't that be a good way to ring in a new year?
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